Message from Chief Commissioner and CEO, Saxon Rice, regarding the Coronavirus outbreak
ASQA understands the challenge that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak poses for VET and ELICOS providers, their staff and students. We are working with other Australian Government departments to share updated information for providers and students. We also encourage any provider impacted by this health issue to contact us so that we can work to provide any additional support required.
ASQA acknowledges the challenges providers face, particularly as they relate to the needs of overseas students impacted or potentially impacted by recently imposed travel and quarantine restrictions. Providers may wish to consider extending online or distance components of courses for impacted overseas students during the first half of 2020 or implement similar measures.
ASQA does not intend to pursue regulatory action against providers in this situation and recommends that all adaptive measures are documented in the relevant students’ records. This includes where such actions may be in technical non-compliance with the National Code, the Standards for RTOs or the ELICOS Standards, and applies to:
- limitations of online course delivery for overseas students
- variations to documented delivery strategies
- student ‘attendance’
- other areas where action is required to assist students that may otherwise be considered non-compliant.
We acknowledge that challenges during this time will take many forms, and we will work with providers on a case-by-case basis to minimise the impact this situation has on both providers and students.
Some providers may be concerned about current regulatory activity underway, requests by ASQA to provide information or possible future regulatory activity. We encourage any providers impacted by Covid-19 (also known as Novel Coronavirus) to contact our Info Line on 1300 701 801 or at email@example.com to discuss adaptive measures.
Our thoughts are with those affected, and we are prepared to support providers to manage both the health risks and any compliance concerns effectively.
The information in the links below is being updated frequently, and we encourage those affected by the Coronavirus to check these regularly.